Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (Beecham-EMI)
Steven Staryk, violin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, cond.
EMI, recorded 1957
1 - 01 Rimsky-Korsakov_ Scheherazade, Op. 35 - 1. The Sea And Sinbad's Ship, Largo E Maestoso
2 - 02 Rimsky-Korsakov_ Scheherazade, Op. 35 - 2. The Story Of The Calendar Prince, Lento
3 - 03 Rimsky-Korsakov_ Scheherazade, Op. 35 - 3. The Young Prince And The Young Princess, Andantino Quasi Allegretto, Un Poco Larghetto
4 - 04 Rimsky-Korsakov_ Scheherazade, Op. 35 - 4. Festival At Baghdad, The Sea, The Ship Goes To Pieces On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior, Conclusion, Allegro Molto
January 31, 2011
Performance gets better as it goes along
This famous recording starts off somewhat slow, lacking in both passion and vitality. The performance improves in each successive movement. The finale and especially the gorgeous soft ending are the best. Well worth downloading, especially if you have never heard this masterpiece.